“I’m bit of a romantic,” you’ve probably heard somebody say before in movies or cheesy television dramas. Every time I hear it, I immediately think of beautiful poetry and an era dominated by escapism and spirituality—a sort of new frontier of intellectual gravitas.
A Modest Proposal is worth addressing on its own because it’s a funny, shocking piece that was my […]
I remember reading A Modest Proposal at a young age and finding it funny—because our class had the background on the satirical piece itself. Audiences when the piece dropped weren’t so lucky and were quite disgusted by its implications, but the joke might’ve been lost on them, because the author, Jonathan Swift, was an expert satirist.
We’ve been looking at a lot of the modernists lately (I’m in a bit of a mood) and so thought I would continue the journey by talking about another famous writer from “The Lost Generation”: F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I read The Old Man and the Sea before I read anything else by Ernest Hemingway, and I […]
Just like Gertrude Stein, H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) was born in Pennsylvania (Bethlehem to be specific), and she attended Bryn Mawr and the University of Pennsylvania. There, she befriended Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams (poetry.org). She ended up living in Europe and traveling abroad for most of her life. She also became heavily involved in the Imagist movement (poets.org).
At the time Jaws was published, Benchley was an accomplished writer but wasn’t making enough money even though he had been a junior speechwriter for Lyndon B. Johnson and had written as both a staff writer and freelancer for large publications. His last ditch effort involved getting together with a few publishers and pitching some ideas including a nonfiction book about pirates and one about a man-eating shark.
The era in which this period thrived seems to be somewhere between 1660 and 1798 and features three important sections, that include the Restoration period, the Augustan period, and the Age of Johnson. This is also knowns as the “Enlightenment Period.”
At the end of his life, Robert Pen Warren was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and poet who had […]
New Criticism is a form of “close reading” which allows the critic to examine the text without all the other, um, well, baggage, including its history, the author’s or the reader’s opinion.